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Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to you all and to all of your family members!

“The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” As a friend and I discussed how beautiful the prayers we say at Mass are, she brought to my attention what a gift it is for us to say “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed” WOW! God gave us Jesus – the Word made flesh, and we shall be “healed” and receive!

From the collect:
Father, we are filled with the new light by the coming of your Word among us. May the light of faith shine in our words and actions. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

May God bless you!

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St. Therese’s dying words were: “I will let fall a shower of roses after my death.”

I didn’t plant this lone rose. It was a surprise when I first saw it grow up out of no where. I didn’t even know what it was until I saw the bud a couple of days ago. This was taken Monday and it is now is now in full bloom!  What a gift to me in my time of struggle! There are some struggles that you can’t share with family and friends. So, my only companions lately have been the church triumphant. This has been a real comfort to me, although sometimes my mind is tempted to feel silly – as if I have imaginary friends! Oh, how we are tempted to have no faith! I don’t know why this pops in my head sometimes, but I immediately reject it because the Saints have shown me many times that they are praying for me.  In the last few weeks I have had many little miracles (to me anyway)from the Saints to get me through tough times. They are our great friends, brothers and sisters in Christ. They help me so much by comforting me and interceding for me. Thank you Padre Pio, St. Michael and St. Therese!!!

This in one of those times! Thank you St. Therese, you have tought me so much and I hope I have made you proud in following your little way and offering up all my sufferings. Even my little daily struggles.

A quote that I love and has required much learning of me to understand is this one –

Agree to be that little child. Through the practice of all the virtues, raise your little foot to scale the stairway of holiness. You won’t succeed in reaching the first step, but God requires you only to demonstrate your good will. Soon, conquered by your futile efforts, He will descend Himself, gather you up in His arms, and carry you off to His kingdom forever… Agree to stumble at every step, even to fall, to carry your crosses weakly; love your helplessness, your soul will benefit more from it than if, sustained by grace, you accomplished with enthusiasm heroic actions which would fill your soul with personal satisfaction and pride. With Empty Hands  Thank you to a lovely friend who has helped me understand this quote more fully!

 St. Therese, please continue to pray for me!!

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This was our Lunch from yesterday for St. Jerome’s Feast Day Sept. 30th. These were so easy to make and they were yummy! My son loved the story of the porcupines of God.

I got this recipe and the below info from an email from Suzanne Fowler of the Lightweigh program. She has so many great ideas and I love the program! Here is the Recipe:

St. Jerome Porcupine Meatballs 

 

Feast Day: September 30th

 

            These look like little porcupines because the rice sticks out.  

 

Serves 4-5

  

1 beaten egg

1 can tomato soup, undiluted and divided

1/4 c. long grain rice, uncooked

1/2 t. onion powder

1/4 t. pepper

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 t. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 c. water

 

     Combine egg, 1/4 c. of soup, uncooked rice, onion powder and pepper.  Add the beef and mix well.  Shape into 20 meatballs.  Place in large skillet.  Mix the remaining soup with the Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 c. water; pour this mixture over the meatballs.  Bring to boil and reduce heat.  Cover and simmer, stirring often for about 20 minutes or until no pink remains in the meal and the rice is tender.

 

 

St. Jerome Porcupine Meatballs

(341-420) 

 

Feast Day:  September 30th

Patron of:  Librarians and Scripture Scholars

Priest and Doctor of the Church 

 

     “For those who love nothing is hard, and no task is difficult, if your desire is great.”  ~St. Jerome

 

     St. Jerome is pictured with a lion.  When he lived in the desert, he removed a thorn from a lion’s paw and the lion remained his constant companion.  Jerome was born in Italy and raised a Catholic.  He went to school in Rome.  He was very smart and studied to become a lawyer.  Jerome had taken a Roman senator named Cicero as his model in rhetoric (the art of speaking effectively).  Traveling to Antioch in 374, Jerome became ill.  He had a very high fever and had a dream that he was standing before Jesus being judged.  Jesus asked Jerome, “Who are you?”  Jerome replied, “I am a Christian.”  Jesus responded, “You are a Ciceronian, not a Christian.”  After the dream, Jerome realized he could not serve two masters; the world and Christ.  He left to go live in the desert for four years, where he studied Hebrew and wrote the life of St. Paul of Thebes.  Later Jerome was ordained a priest and was asked to serve as secretary to Pope St. Damasus in Rome, from 382 to 385.  Pope St. Damasus asked Jerome to translate a Latin version of the Bible that could be understood by the common people.  At this time, Latin was the language of the common people, but the Bible was written in Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament.  St. Jerome set about translating the two and his version is known as the Vulgate, which meant in Latin “for the common people.”  St. Jerome had a strong temper and made many enemies because he was uncompromising in his beliefs.  He aggressively fought heresies, which were constantly trying to twist the truth and ultimately destroy the Catholic Faith.  Despite his harsh side, St. Jerome was always compassionate and gentle with those who were struggling and those who were poor.  He was a brilliant man, who was constantly trying to overcome his own weaknesses.  He performed many acts of penance and spent time living in a cave until his death.  St. Augustine said of St. Jerome, “What Jerome is ignorant of, no mortal has ever known.”  St. Jerome founded, with St. Paula, a monastery for men and a convent for women in the Holy Land.  St. Jerome left this world from the city Jesus entered the world.  Jerome died in Bethlehem in 420.  St. Jerome’s scriptural works have remained unsurpassed in the history of the Church.  He was a genius. 

     These porcupine meatballs are named for St. Jerome because God needs His doves, but He also needs His porcupines!  Often times people who have a passion and love for the truth seem like porcupines to “the world.”  This is because the world pursues comfort; and it is hard to sleep around a porcupine.  St. Jerome upset people because their souls could not sleep in his presence.  A porcupine for God understands that while the truth can be hard; turning away from the truth, though it may seem easier, is always harder in the end.

 

Also, you can celebrate with your children with this fun way I made lion PB&J sandwiches. Read how I made them here

 

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My Patron Saint is St. Michael, so this was a special day for my family! St. Michael has shown me a few times that he himself  helps to protect me and I am forever grateful for the gift of his protection for me and for all of us.

This is the first year that we were able to celebrate this way. It is such a blessing that I homeschool and am able to spend the time centering our day around  the Liturgical year. (when I am organized enough to pull it off anyway!)

First, it is not a surprise that I go here and here to learn more and to get great ideas. I thought I would try the recipe given by both sites for St. Michael Bannocks. The recipe calls for Barley flour, oats and rye meal. Ok- I went to several stores and couldn’t find this. I did find barley, oat meal and rye flour. …I figured I’d give it a try. I ground the Barley as fine as I could get it — the oats too. I figured the rye flour would be ok but I knew I would have to add a little a lot more all purpose flour then what the recipe called for. I messed up the greased skillet technic until about half way through the batch…LOL Finaly I got the hang of it when I remembered that it was similar to making Indian Fry Bread which I had made years ago…except much less grease. It tasted good if you dip it in honey butter. Alone, it is also good — but real healthy/hearty tasting. In my house this means it will get eaten only if it has butter and honey on it!

 

Next we moved on to deviled eggs! Yum — my kids actual love egg salad sandwches so this was an easy sale 😉 We speared the deviled eggs to remember how St. Micheal threw Satan out of heaven. 

 

We also read that legend has it that when Satan was thrown out by St. Michael, he landed in a blackberry patch. So he curses all blackberry patches on this day. I have read that is why Blackberries are harvested before St. Michael’s Feast day. So, what else but to go and buy these!

Very tart! We loved them though and ate plenty. 

For dinner we had Italian styled peper beef, angel hair pasta and carrots. Carrots were traditionaly pulled up to harvest in a special ritual way by the eldest daughter of the family on St. Michaelmas Day.  I didn’t have the money to buy goose — which is the traditional meal. I just bought what was on sale, which has nothing to do with the Feast except for the angel hair pasta. I didn’t bother taking a picture of that — you all know what angel hair pasta looks like 😉

We did get lucky with this recipe for Angel food cake with pineapple cream and berries on top. This is where the blackberries were meant for. Note for those of you following the recipe — when you mix the filling, put it in the fridge for a bit before spreading it. I didn’t do this, so it dripped and gooed so much that I just made it cover the outside as well instead of just the between layers. It really was easy and was soooo yummy!

We ended the day with an Angel craft. My kids had been asking for popcorn, so this seemed fit for the craft. Also a way to teach my 3 1/2 yr old textures and colors. They had fun making their angels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were blessed with a wonderful day! Go check our Catholic Cuisine for more ideas for next year and participate in the fairs to come. Next one is Sept. 2 for our Guardian Angels.

We also talked about St. Raphael and read  the book of Tobit. This is such a wonderful story about the Archangel Raphael, and makes me wonder how many of us have encountered an angel who came to our aid.

Also saying the Angelus is a way to celebrate St. Gabriel at the Annunciation.

St. Michael guide and pray for my family. Protect us in our struggles

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who wander throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

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I know it is late to start this, but I had never said this Novena before. It really ignites my soul, so I thought I would share it with you all. (even if it is late)

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Novena

Jesus, Who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified and to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption and salvation of our souls, look down upon us and grant the petition we ask for …( mention here)

We trust completely in Your Mercy.
Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace,
sanctify our work,
give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread, lighten the burden of our sufferings,
bless our families,
and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted,
Your Peace, which is the only true peace, so that by obeying Your Commandments we may come at last to the glory of Heaven

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From Thy Bounty Fairs – Autumn Edition – coming soon!

I have never hosted a fair before, but I am unsure  confident that I can wing it and have a descent Fair Day 😉

I am hosting the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross — also called the Exaltation of the Cross. It is Celebrated next Sunday on the 14th.  The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following September 14 marks one of the Ember Days of the Church.

He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake shall find it.” (Mt 10:38,39).

This Feast is all about accepting your Cross the way Jesus did, and learning to unite our sufferings with his on the Cross. For we all know, in the end the Cross is triumphent and is a symbol of the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ — all in one image

So – cook, craft a table setting, what you did last year or whatever strikes your fancy and put a link to your blog in the com box. I will begin accepting post starting on the 9-13 ending it up on 9-14 at midnight. I will post the fair on the 15th.

you can also email me at  cruxofmysoul at yahoo dot com.

 Looking forward to hearing from you!

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This is one of my favorite prayers by St. Ignatius

Take, O Lord,and receive my entire liberty,my memory, my understanding, and my whole will.All that I am and all that I possess You have given me.I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Yourwill. Give me only Your love and Your grace;with these I will be rich enough and will desire nothing more.- St. Ignatius of Loyola 1491-1556

St. Ignatius, please pray for us today, on your feast day!

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